Friday, January 30, 2015

ANA orders Boeing 787-10s, 737s, and Airbus A321ceos.

On January 30th, ANA Holdings, parent of All Nippon Airways [NH/ANA], announced their intention to order three Boeing 787-10s, five 737-800s, and seven Airbus A321s, including four current-generation A321ceos. Japan's largest carrier becomes only the fifth airline to order the Dreamliner's ultimate stretch, and the first in Asia. The A321ceo is a reappearance, as ANA operated the type between 1998 and 2008.

Boeing 787-10 in ANA livery. It will be used to replace the 777-300 on trunk domestic routes. Some orders for the 787-9 may be converted to the larger variant. (Image: Boeing)

Deliveries of the 787-10 will start in FY2019, while all five 737-800s will be delivered in FY2015. The acquisition of three A321neos comes on top of an order for 23 announced in March (ANA selects Boeing 777-9X and Airbus A321neo.), while the four A321ceos, which will be delivered in FY2016, are likely to be a stop-gap measure until the A321neo starts arriving later during that fiscal year.

Airbus A321neo in the colors of ANA. A321ceos and 737-800s ordered will be acquired on a sale-&-lease-back basis, and are only meant as a stop-gap measure until the A320neo family arrives. (Image: Airbus)

For wide-body equipment, ANA also has 20 777-9Xs on order for delivery from FY2021 to replace the 777-300ERs, though three of the current-generation variant will be added this year, with another six due in FY2018-2019 for a total of 28 to meet the 2020 Tokyo Olympics/Paralympics demand.

The total number of 787s ordered increases to 83 (three 787-10s, 44 787-9s, and 36 787-8s), of which two 787-9s and 32 787-8s have already been delivered. Some orders for the 787-9 are likely to be converted to the 787-10. The Dreamliners are expected to replace the entire 777-200/200ER/300 and 767-300/300ER fleets, though in some cases the A321 may be the successor as ANA also downsizes domestic capacity to cope with a declining population.

For narrow-body jet aircraft, ANA currently flies 30 737-800s, two 737-700ERs, a dozen 737-700s, and 17 737-500s. Another Dash 800 is due in March, completing deliveries of already-ordered 737s. ANA has a smaller fleet of a dozen A320ceos in service, however, all were delivered between 1993 and 1997, and most are due to be retired before the A321/320neos arrive, hence ANA's decision to order four current-generation A321s as an interim measure. The first of 15 Mitsubishi MRJ90s (First Mitsubishi Regional Jet is rolled out.) will start arriving in FY2017 to replace 737-500s.

Source: ANA Holdings, January 30th. (in Japanese)
Source: Airbus, January 30th. (in English)
Source: Boeing, January 30th. (in English)

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